Baby On The Way

No, this isn’t my pregnancy announcement!

I had the pleasure of taking photos and creating a pregnancy announcement for one of my favorite couples. I am beyond excited that they are expecting their first baby in August! They are the most deserving couple you’ll ever meet, and I know without a shadow of a doubt that they’re going to be amazing parents.

They are avid backpackers, so we took a hike to one of their favorite trees, stopping for several photo ops along the way. We had to get the perfect moment in the perfect spot. And I’m so glad we did, because I think these turned out just right!

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Kyleigh’s Gift 5k

This weekend we participated in a very special event – the first annual Kyleigh’s Gift 5k/3k Run/Walk. It was held in conjunction with National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in memory of Kyleigh, a baby who passed away unexpectedly during childbirth. The money raised goes toward a fund her family started to provide sleep sacks for each baby born at Liberty Hospital. It’s a cause near and dear to many people’s hearts – most of us know someone who has lost a baby or had a miscarriage.

On a more upbeat note – I loved the lively atmosphere with all the kiddos! Check out the photos below.

Best balloon animal ever.
Best balloon animal ever
A butterfly release to remember Kyleigh.
A butterfly release to remember Kyleigh
Kyleigh's parents and brothers.
Kyleigh’s parents and brothers
Adorable kid's fun run.
Adorable kid’s fun run
This cutie was more interested in my camera than the fun run.
This cutie was more interested in my camera than winning the run

Photos of the Day: The “Nesting” Phase

I’ve been going through the “nesting” phase of pregnancy for, oh, about the last 8 months. I’ve wanted to get lots of projects done around the house before the baby comes. (Just ask my poor husband.) In January, with the help of my parents, we painted all the trim and doors in our bedroom and master bathroom. Below are before, during, and after photos.

Before painting our trim
The chaos during trim-painting
An after shot, showing the bright trim and closet doors

And a few weeks ago, my husband and I (mostly him) painted this bookshelf for the baby room. I forgot to take a before picture, but it was a cheap, fake wood bookshelf we bought on Craigslist for $15. I think it looks so cute now! Next up – we’re getting siding put on our house starting tomorrow. Baby K better not make an appearance until after they’re done banging on the side of our house!

We painted this little bookshelf white and tangerine for the baby room. We’ve already got a nice stock of books!

Newborn Photography | Baby Ruth

Earlier this week my cousin and her husband blessed the world with Ruthie, their sixth child. Of course she’s perfectly sweet and gorgeous. Here are a few favorites from our hospital visit.

Ruth Nadine, bright-eyed at just one day old.
Ten perfect fingers…

 

… and ten perfect toes.
Ruthie remained wide awake during almost all of our visit.
A photo of me with Ruthie, since Mommy didn’t really want to be photographed right after giving birth.